“Servants have generally little idea of proportion, and in bluing clothes they seem to have a propensity to color too highly. This should be restricted, as it deprives the clothes of that snowy appearance, which is their greatest beauty.
Mary Mason, The Young Housewife’s Counsellor and Friend, 1875”
“Tie a piece of blue in a flannel or cotton bag, squeeze it in cold water till the right shade of colour is obtained. It should be a good sky-blue tint when lifted in the hand. Mix thoroughly, and keep it stirred to prevent the powder settling and making the linen streaky. Fresh blue must be added after each seven or eight pieces, as the linen absorbs the blue and will leave the water clear………
Shake out each piece [of linen] and dip it in a tub of blue water, first stirring the water up so that it does not make the linen streaky.”
Calder & Mann, Elementary Laundry Work, 1891
“Social Responsibility: Taking responsibility for the society we want to live in, and being the change we want to see in the world.”
What are you wittering on about now, My Black Cat?
© Dlundin | Dreamstime.com